Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-2111 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

Promote worksite or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws. Includes industrial product safety engineers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
23,390 2.3 % $37.60 $78,210 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.89 $28.38 $36.26 $46.26 $55.03
Annual Wage (2) $45,530 $59,030 $75,430 $96,210 $114,470


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,250 0.34 $34.43 $71,620
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,860 0.19 $38.21 $79,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,560 0.12 $39.90 $82,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,550 0.03 $36.81 $76,570
State Government (OES Designation) 1,390 0.06 $38.32 $79,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.75 $38.20 $79,450
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 780 0.54 $39.32 $81,790
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 120 0.44 $43.34 $90,160
Waste Treatment and Disposal 410 0.43 $40.23 $83,670
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 350 0.39 $39.41 $81,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 130 0.09 $51.46 $107,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 710 0.04 $48.99 $101,910
Insurance Carriers (8) (8) $45.20 $94,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 930 0.15 $43.94 $91,400
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 120 0.44 $43.34 $90,160


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,360 0.17 0.91 $41.69 $86,710
Texas 2,350 0.23 1.27 $41.16 $85,610
Illinois 1,430 0.26 1.41 $39.97 $83,140
Pennsylvania 1,260 0.23 1.25 $33.62 $69,920
New York 1,130 0.14 0.73 $38.37 $79,820




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 150 0.47 2.57 $48.53 $100,930
West Virginia 270 0.40 2.17 $31.66 $65,850
Louisiana 700 0.38 2.07 $28.38 $59,030
Utah 410 0.36 1.96 $32.11 $66,790
Rhode Island 150 0.32 1.76 $39.49 $82,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 150 0.47 2.57 $48.53 $100,930
New Jersey 630 0.17 0.91 $46.21 $96,130
New Mexico 240 0.31 1.67 $44.68 $92,920
Connecticut 260 0.16 0.87 $43.82 $91,150
Massachusetts 740 0.24 1.29 $43.12 $89,690

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,200 0.48 2.62 $42.46 $88,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.29 1.55 $42.18 $87,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 670 0.37 2.01 $31.68 $65,900
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.13 0.73 $40.39 $84,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 610 0.28 1.50 $35.78 $74,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.15 0.80 $41.38 $86,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 510 0.31 1.66 $43.71 $90,910
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.39 2.11 $42.45 $88,290
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 300 0.32 1.73 $51.22 $106,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 0.71 $44.16 $91,860




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 200 2.12 11.51 $48.25 $100,360
Lewiston, ID-WA 30 1.43 7.77 $21.12 $43,920
Lafayette, LA 130 0.90 4.91 $22.27 $46,320
Peoria, IL 140 0.83 4.52 $34.46 $71,680
Decatur, AL 40 0.82 4.43 $42.43 $88,250
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 150 0.79 4.30 $38.50 $80,080
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 100 0.67 3.65 $36.14 $75,170
Wheeling, WV-OH 40 0.60 3.26 $25.88 $53,830
Huntsville, AL 120 0.60 3.24 $44.08 $91,690
Baton Rouge, LA 210 0.58 3.17 $29.98 $62,350




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbus, OH 130 0.14 0.78 $54.13 $112,590
Victoria, TX (8) (8) (8) $53.21 $110,680
Durham, NC 30 0.12 0.65 $52.82 $109,870
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 300 0.32 1.73 $51.22 $106,540
Anchorage, AK 80 0.50 2.72 $50.95 $105,980
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 200 2.12 11.51 $48.25 $100,360
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.14 0.76 $47.91 $99,650
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $45.52 $94,670
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $45.24 $94,090
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.18 0.96 $45.21 $94,040

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 3.16 $29.13 $60,590
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 3.37 $52.58 $109,370
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.32 18.01 $45.72 $95,100
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.15 6.22 $49.99 $103,970
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 3.85 $45.56 $94,760

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.32 18.01 $45.72 $95,100
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.15 6.22 $49.99 $103,970
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 3.85 $45.56 $94,760
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 3.43 $27.02 $56,200
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 3.37 $52.58 $109,370

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 3.37 $52.58 $109,370
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.15 6.22 $49.99 $103,970
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.32 18.01 $45.72 $95,100
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 3.85 $45.56 $94,760
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.95 $37.82 $78,650


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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